High Court Justice Warwick Gendall

GENDALL, John Warwick

Justice Warwick Gendall, currently President of the Parole Board


Professional Data:

2014 Judge Survey Score (1-10): 7.4   Ranking (out of 63):  42nd Gendall assleepin sm

Postion & Titles: QC,   Special recognition by Attorney General Chris Finlayson in 2012 for service to the State.
Judge of: High Court, Wellington, 1996
Specializations and Professional Interests: teaching
Professional Comments:  Brother of Judge David Ian Gendall.  WARNING: where one brother has a conflict, both brothers have a conflict.Judge Warwick Gendall in his own words: “I am currently a Judge of the High Court of New Zealand sitting in Wellington and in other High Courts throughout New Zealand, and sometimes in the Court of Appeal.

At age 66, my current interest and involvement in the game is to assist sons and grandsons playing football, all of whom are avid fans of the Phoenix.  In this capacity I referee junior games and provide elementary coaching.  I have continued to play from time to time in Golden Oldies teams but age may be catching up.

My background in the sport of football spans over 50 years.  I played and represented Hutt Valley and Wellington in aged group competitions, and followed my late father’s career who was a senior representative player for Wellington and the North Island before and after WWII.  My brothers played in the inaugural national league whilst teenagers, and I became a member of the NZFA Council in the 1970s.  I was Deputy Chairman of the Council from 1978 until 1984 and succeeded Charles Dempsey as Chairman from 1986-1992.

I was a member of the Oceania Football Confederation Executive Committee and attended five FIFA World Congresses in Mexico City, Zurich and Rome between 1982 and 1992.  I inspected island nations such as Tahiti and the Cook Islands to report to FIFA, to enable them to gain entry to FIFA.  I was Manager/Tour Leader of New Zealand teams to the Mederka tournament in Malaysia in 1981, the All Whites tour of England in 1984, the All Whites Kings Cup competition in Bangkok in 1988.  Through involvement with the senior national team, I have maintained close friendships with Ricki Herbert, Steve Sumner, Ceri Evans, Bobby Almond, John Adshead, the late Ian Marshall, and many others.  When Chairman, I brought the England 1990 World Cup team to New Zealand in 1991 for two matches to assist in the celebrations of the 100 years centenary of New Zealand football.

I am involved as Chairman of the Trustees of the Foundation because I believe it to be a significant opportunity to continue to assist in the development of, and enjoyment by, many young New Zealanders in the sport at all levels.  It is a Foundation that will work alongside, and compliment the National Administration, and will have many advantages, not the least being its independence and charitable status, which will provide opportunities for fundraising, and allocating grants across a wide range of football activities.

I hope the Foundation (when acquiring funds), can afford advertising and promotional exposure for those who assist, particularly corporate donors.  It will provide a wide range of services and support in all the dimensions of the game, with emphasis on educating and assisting young players, emerging secondary school talent, referees, administrators, up to the highest level, so that they may compete, participate and have influence eventually on the world stage.”

Background / Education: Graduated LLB from Victoria University of Wellington in 1966 and was admitted to the bar the same year. In 1967 he graduated LLM (Hons) from Victoria University. From 1967-68 Justice Gendall took a position as Teaching Fellow at Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto before becoming a partner at Buddle Findlay from 1968. A council member of the Wellington District Law Society between 1973 and 1983 and its president between 1982 and 1983. Executive member of the NZ Law Society between 1982 and 1983, serving as vice president in 1985.  He became a barrister sole in 1986 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1996. He took appointment to the High Court Bench the same year.  Justice Gendall has also been a member of the Crown Prosecutors Panel in Wellington and Chairman of the New Zealand Accountants Society Appeal Board.
Degrees: LLB, Victoria, 1966, LLM (Hons.) Victoria 1967
Admitted to the Bar: 1966
Company Involvements: Shareholder Smith Anvil Properties Ltd

Personal Data

Born: 29/03/1942
Carterton, New Zealand
Sex: Male
Married: 2nd  Charlotte Elizabeth Miller Children: 6 (!st marrage children: Kirsten Lisa b.1968 Kelly Ann b.1969 John Warwick Martin b.1972 Susanna Mary b.1979 David Hopkirk b.1982. )
Interesting Relationships and Coincidences: Brother of High Court Associate Judge David Ian Gendall
Miscellaneous: Son of John Wilfred & Gwenda Perry (nee Hollings) Gendall